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Looking for a bi-pod for my Sport and would also like to be Able to use it on my 15-22.

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Basic, cheap and durable, $ = Caldwell
Quality, durable, $$ = Harris
Quality, durable, $$$ = Atlas

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Old 07-15-2018, 09:32 PM
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Magpul has a nice bipod that just came out, around $100. Atlas and Harris are top companies as well
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I've gone through a few bi-pods. I have a question for you, what is the primary use? I mean, do you intend to be using this where you will be carrying the gun a lot or using many different set ups like changing distance a lot? Or will it just be at the range and at one or two distances during a shooting session?

I ask because I've found I like a bag better under most circumstances. If I'm sighting in at 100 yards, I find the bag to be just a tad easier to use. If I'm going to take one shot each at 100 yard intervals from 100-800 yards, then the bi-pod is less stuff to move.

If you are set on the bi-pod, I really like the one from Green Blob (yes, it's a real company):



Comes with a quick release picatinny mount and only costs $39. Can't go wrong with that unless you're in a serious long range competition.
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I would try for a used Harris bipod. The last one I bought new was $35 so mine are all old and still work great.

The new bipods with leg stops (not friction lock) are a nice feature. Most bipods are Harris clones and give excellent service.
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I don't like the idea of the springs, seems stops or friction lock has less stuff to get hung up.

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I had a Harris model that swiveled, because that was recommended by "experts." By "swivel," I mean it rotates right and left as you sight down the barrel. I found that for use at the range that was more a burden than a help. If you're in the "field" with uneven terrain it might be good, but I'd get a simple light weight bipod and not spend too much.
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I like what I see of the new Magpul bi-pod, if it ever becomes available.

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I had a Harris model that swiveled, because that was recommended by "experts." By "swivel," I mean it rotates right and left as you sight down the barrel. I found that for use at the range that was more a burden than a help. If you're in the "field" with uneven terrain it might be good, but I'd get a simple light weight bipod and not spend too much.
By "swivel" I assume you mean the ability to pan? How was that not useful at the range?

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I agree with the above. f you go with th Harris get the swivel model. Much easier to use.
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Swivel/pan/traverse/tilt...? Seems these terms are interpreted differently...

I'm thinking one that would pan (left & right) and tilt (up & down) would be best for range use.

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Another thing to consider,where are you using it ? I have a Harris on my AR platform rifle,but it's the longer model.With the legs fully extended I can sit indian style and it is perfect height for my shoulder. but if I shoot it off the bench it's WAY too long even at it's shortest setting,so i use a bag.Never tried their shorter model to see how the length worked on the bench.

I will,however,give another nod to the Harris products.Mine has always worked well and I have never had an issue with it.
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I don't feel like paying $200 for an occasional use bipod.

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I have this notched version of the Peleton "Tip Top" series. Pans and pivots. Excellent, affordable bipod. The smooth leg version is a bit less. Assorted lengths. Very well made imo. Series-9N Notched Legs EZ Pivot & PAN Picatinny Bipod | Peleton Technology

Seen it from mid 70s to around 100.00. Series-9N Notched Legs EZ Pivot & PAN Picatinny Bipod | eBay

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Went with the Peleton Series IX, notched.
Like the features and I have picatinny rails on both rifles I don't have to buy any adapters, etc.
Ordered it this morning and within 2 hours received email that it had shipped. Excellent customer service. They also have special coupon available for military & retired military.
Should have it by Thursday or Friday. Will follow up after I give it it a go.

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How do you want the bi-pod to attach? Rail? Swivel?
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The Peleton comes ready to attach to a rail.

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Attached bipods look like good ideas, but their practical usefulness is often more limited than some may realize, regardless of the type gun they are used on. Some of the appeal is cosmetic.

If a lot of walking is involved, you might consider something like a Bog Pod. These are quick to get into position in a hunting situation. If bench shooting and you have a serious interest in accuracy, a good quality heavy rest (such as a Sinclair pedestal) with Protektor front and rear bags is steadier and far more useful.

An attached bipod will take the place of all the other rests, but doesn't necessarily do any job as well as something designed for the purpose. Still, the bipod will work fine in some instances, just consider the limitations.
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In my opinion a Harris Bipod 6"-9" swivel (not pan) with a lever lock (a must have accessory for the swivel model), mounted with a QD adapter (I have and like both the American Defense and LaRue) should cover just about any scenario. It will last dang near forever if taken care of, can easily be switched among rifles with a section of rail on the bottom of handguard/forend (Seekins makes a good rail piece that can be mounted to most wood/fiberglass stocks) and doesn't break the bank in terms of value for your buck.
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One thing you will find out quickly is that a fixed bi-pod has some serious draw backs. The biggest one is an inability to adjust for tilt (some are calling this swivel). What I mean by this is, can the bi-pod adjust to keep the reticle level with the ground?

If the gun is tilted or canted left or right, your shots will not hit where you want.

You didn't answer my question earlier, but it's clear not that you only want to use it at the range. The bag or portable rest, like the Bog Pod, is a far better solution. Especially since you want to use it for multiple rifles.
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I have a set of Caldwell bags (Tack Driver&DeadShot) that I use shooting from a table. The bipod will be used at the range when shooting prone at the 100 yard range. Neither of my rifles are high end items so I'm just looking to get the best out of em the way they are setup (both with red dot sights) along with my 77 year old vision. Not what you would call precision shooting...just having some fun.
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I find the Peleton to be a very good bipod. Features rich and an affordable price. Well constructed, quick disconnect, pan, pivot, tilt (leveling). Features lock in place, pan/pivot are adjustable from very loose movement to tight movement. Hard to beat. Hope it works well for you.
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Obviously I like Magpul. They just dropped a new bipod I took to the range and love it! Not cheap but lots of benefits: tilt, pan, and legs stay put. Lighter than my spring version bipod by 4-6 oz. Only downside: no quick release offered by Magpul-need to buy specific Magpul model & then purchase QR from separate vendor ($80+).
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I haven't bought a bipod in decades. One very worthwhile addition to the Harris and copies is a knurled knob machine screw from Tanks' Rifle Shop to replace the widget Harris uses to install the bipod on the sling swivel. makes installation/removal much, much easier.
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